Longtime readers might remember that we set sail on the Disney Dream in 2012 and the Disney Fantasy in 2014. I did not write as much about the 2014 cruise, not because it wasn't amazing but because while we were gone, our beloved basset hound Baxter took a turn for the worse and the vet had to take lifesaving measures. A week and a half after we arrived home, he crossed the rainbow bridge. It was a hard time for us and my heart just wasn't in the blog.
In our ongoing quest to sail on all four Disney cruise ships, we were excited to find that the Magic offered a four-night cruise that coincided with the kids' spring break. So we packed up the car, sent Fletch to doggie hotel -- he was not amused -- and left for Florida last Saturday.
Our customary hitting the road picture.
We spent the night in Jacksonville, Florida, as we did last time, and hit the road again early the next morning. As we drove down the Florida interstate, I remarked to M. about how much I was enjoying our new Honda. An hour later:
YES. Thankfully we had roadside assistance -- thank you, State Farm -- and were only 15 minutes away from Coggins Honda St. Augustine. With the help of the Mike the tower, Holly the cabbie and Klint at Hertz in the St. Augustine airport, we were back on our way to the port ... three hours later. It turned out to be a small problem that would have been a minor hiccup if we had been home. Unfortunately, we were on an interstate in Florida on a Sunday morning. Nothing was open. When it started having problems, I don't think I have ever seen that particular expression on M.'s face.
At the airport: "Why is there a phone in the wall?"
This is what the port looks like when you arrive at 2:30 p.m. and the embarking deadline is 4:00.
Oceaneer Youth Club
The Disney Magic is the oldest of the four Disney ships and along with its sister ship the Wonder, underwent a total renovation in 2012 to resemble the two newer and larger ships, the Fantasy and the Dream. I am excited to see what they do with the two new ships that they are building. We made some guesses on what they would be named with the consensus being "Wish" and "Believe."
So you know how I am
Bomin made us our own personalized Disney hats.
Little wanted to check out the kids club, so I don't know how it happened but The Engineer and I found ourselves sans-kids in the Walt Disney Theater watching Twice Charmed, a reimagining of Cinderella. The live shows are always top-notch with excellent production values.
We then collected the kids and headed back to our stateroom. They were thrilled to have bunk beds for the first time -- on the other cruises their beds always folded out onto an L shape. After the crazy day we had, we all collapsed in our beds and it was lights out.
What a day!
Thanks for popping in! Tomorrow: Day Two -- Castaway Cay!